(Closed) POLL: Married Bees- What's the Best Name Change Service?

posted 4 years ago in Names
  • poll: What's the best name change service you've used or recommended?
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  • Post # 3
    7903 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I did it myself, and it was fine.

    Post # 4
    9527 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    The kits are silly. Changing it yourself is very easy

    Edit- go to the Social Security Office, fill out the form (took 30 min)

    then DMV (15 minutes)

    Bank (8 minutes)

    The rest was quick, passport, work, school, mailing lists…

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  theatrejulia.
    Post # 5
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    It’s extremely easy to do yourself as soon as you have your marriage license. Don’t worry about the kits 🙂

    Post # 7
    557 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    The only thing the kits do for you is provide the paperwork that would otherwise be found at the SS office, DMV, etc. You still have to go to all of those places anyway. It’s silly to pay for paperwork that you can print yourself online or get while you’re there.

    Post # 8
    298 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    +1 to doing it yourself–I really can’t imagine how much time it would save to use a service. You can download the SSA’s form, passport form and probably your DMV’s form from their websites. Most of my banks let me change my name online by uploading or mailing a copy of my marriage certificate. The best time-saving advice I can offer is to google each place. On the right side of the page is a graph that tells you how busy the place is at certain times of the day. I went to the SSA at noon on a Tuesday and was in and out in 15 minutes! I then went to the DMV on the one day they are open after 5 and could not believe how empty it was. Love that tool!

    Post # 9
    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    redredwine:  It’s really a waste of money. Go to the social security office and then go to the dmv. Go to the banks to change your name. A lot you can do online (credit cards). It’s totally doable without a service – the services really just give you the forms to fill out. 

    Post # 10
    6107 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Yeah I don’t understand why anyone would pay money for something they can do on their own. It’s not hard. You go get a certified copy of your marriage license from the court and then go to Social Security (you can print and fill out the form ahead of time), then DMV, and then the bank.

    Post # 11
    918 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

    I agree with all the PPs. All you need is the certified copy of your marriage license! And to go to the Social Security office first. I had to wait 24 hours to go to the DMV to get a new license, but I was able to do my banks on the same day as my license. My work new I was getting married, so they started the ball rolling before I left for my honeymoon. I still haven’t done my passport, but that’s because I would need to pay $110 for a new one and we aren’t planning on going out of the country any time soon. 

    Post # 12
    14969 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There’s a service for this? Do they go and stand in line for you??  And then call you when you’re about up?  Does anyone actually even let someone not themselves change names?  I doubt it. So you’re basically paying someone to collect paper work to fill out and go do yourself anyways it soundeded like to me. .. which could have been done in like the time it took to make this post.

    Post # 13
    5827 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    You still have to wait in the line at social security which is the cr*ppy part so I’ve never understood the point of these services.

    Post # 14
    5954 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    redredwine:  There’s a name change kit?? I MAILED my SS info in with the form that came with my marriage certificate. Didn’t even need to go in. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    Post # 15
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    redredwine:  I agree with other PP’s, those kits are useless and a waste of money. Just go to these places with a certified copy of your license and take care of things yourself, it takes a minimal amount of time to do. My nearest SS office was 30 minutes away so honestly the drive there was the only time consuming thing I had to do, but I would have had to do it regardless since they needed the license and for me to go there in person. I don’t recall filling out any paperwork at all even, they just asked questions and filled things out on the computer and had me sign a form at the end. Easy peasy. Bank took about 5 minutes, DMV took 5 minutes, it was all really quick and easy. I changed my name on credit cards and my nursing license online.

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